Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Better now than later...
I sat there with a mindset to get in and find out exactly what was causing such discomfort. I had my own set of ideas. Last week I picked up my 2 year old son the wrong way and I believe I pulled a muscle. Although this is probably the cause, chest pain is something I'd rather not ignore, especially having been diagnosed with a slight heart condition before. So, I continued to wait.
Only five minutes after being in the ER, the nurse called me back. She sat me down and took my demographics, before taking my blood pressure. She then looked at the machine and asked, "Did you struggle with high blood pressure before?" I looked at the screen and the reading was alarming but not surprising. Almost a week ago I was just at my Cardiologist for the same reason and he also noticed how high my BP was. You see, after I had Kerissa (my 5 month old) my BP shot up through the roof. I had to stay an extra day in the hospital before being discharged. He ended up putting me on HBP meds to regulate it. It worked. But, I did not think it would be that high again. And, it was.
The highest reading very early this morning was 190/125. I began to grow scared. My pressure was never that high... and I'm assuming it was higher than high because of where I was- in the ER. Well, they were not going to let me go until my pressure dropped tremendously. After 12+ hours at the hospital, my blood pressure finally dropped to a passable reading. I was given a perscription and sent home.
While I was there, I made a big decision. I decided to nip this issue in the bud now instead of later. You see, I never struggled with HBP before and knew that Hypertension is something that absolutely can lead to stroke or heart attack. Although they did diagnose me with postpartum hypertension, I decided that this is something I would rather not ever see again. I began asking the nurse a series of questions. What can I do now to fix this? Exercise? Watch my salt in-take? Have low stress levels? This all came to my mind as early as last Friday at the Cardiologist. But early this morning, I really made my mind up.
The nurse began to tell me that people who have high blood pressure and ignore it for 20+ years are the ones who are more prone to a possible stroke or other heart complications. She said I'm too young and thin to have heart disease. I told her, "well if I need to be a vegetarian..." And, she said, "Now you don't have to take it that far... eat and enjoy your food."
I was a little surprised by her comment because you'd think a nurse would encourage you in your diet decisions, as long as they are healthy. Well, this nurse had quite a funny sense of humor. I continued to share with her that I am going to do what I need to do now take care of my body. It doesn't make any sense for me to just ignore this today and suffer with issues later. It's time to take action, today.
1Corinthians 6:19 says, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own..."
I've personally decided to start a work out regeme. I'm going to eat better, work out daily and make sure I'm getting plenty rest.
We are all busy with a lot going on. I truly believe we would operate more effectively with our bodies being in shape. God will honor our prayers for long life and good health if we do our part by taking care of ourselves. I'm agreeing with you in prayer for perfect health in your body. Do your part today too!
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